By Steve Outing
Good news for Newstrust, a cool web news rating service that I wrote up for Editor & Publisher Online a few months ago. (Sorry, can’t link to that column; it’s behind a pay wall now.) It has won a multi-year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Executive director Fabrice Florin says the $450,000 funding will allow his site to expand its “web 2.0” news review services.
The promise that Newstrust represents is in providing a well-thought-out and fair rating system for all manner of news content on the web — not just from mainstream news sources, but also from blogs and other alternative sources. You’ll recognize the problem that Newstrust is trying to solve when you encounter an online news source or blog that you know nothing about. Is it credible? If Florin and his crew succeed, you’ll have an answer.